The fifth single from Kravitz's ninth studio album finds the singer determined to free himself from his past and push through to embrace the present. The song was inspired by the novel-turned-movie Precious (2009), a heart-rending story about an illiterate African American teen who rises above horrific abuse to create a better life for her children. Kravitz played Nurse John in the film and dreamed the song idea while he was napping in his trailer.
Precious is based on the 1996 novel Push by Sapphire. The movie originally used that title until the filmmakers were forced to change it to avoid confusion with another film of the same name.
Although this closes out Black and White America, it was the first track Kravitz cut for the album.
Walk The Moon vocalist Nicholas Petricca got the idea for "Shut Up and Dance" when he and his girlfriend were taking forever to get drinks at a Los Angeles club bar. Petricca was getting frustrated, so his girlfriend told him to, "Shut up and dance with me!'"
Geffen Records made history on June 27, 1994 when Aerosmith's "Head First" became the first major label song made available for exclusive digital download. Download speeds at the time were so slow it took around 75 minutes to download the track.